MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Allison Hanley, LCPC, CADC
Allison Hanley is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and certified alcohol and other drug counselor (CADC). She is a graduate of The Adler School of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
Allison’s clinical experience includes therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families, specializing in grief and loss, oncology and end of life counseling, and substance abuse counseling. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, life transitions, and child and adolescent behavioral management.
Allison practices a solution focused, client-centered strength-based approach, incorporating a focus on relaxation and mindfulness to promote mental well-being. With support, compassion and understanding, Allison creates a safe, caring, accepting environment to help individuals build upon their strengths, learn healthy ways of coping, and attain personal growth.
Maria Santiago, LCSW
Maria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience in this field. She has had many experiences both professionally and personally in the community and look forward to providing great mental health services now and in the future.
Her personal philosophy and take on therapy can be summed up with her favorite saying/mantra, “Working from strength and building from experience”. This take on therapy allows us to build a narrative of strength even from our most difficult experiences. Her hope is that as we (client and therapist) grow in the therapeutic process we build a relationship based on trust, cooperation and sound therapeutic care.
Maria's professional experiences have been in working with families, adults, adolescents, children and couples with a myriad of therapeutic needs. Clients’ needs range from situations of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, marital and family issues, trauma, sexual abuse and substance abuse (in all stages of life and recovery).
She has also "been there” in many ways. "I have battled depression after the birth of both my boys and sought advice from everyone before seeking help through my own therapeutic care. Those were tough days filled with anxiety about their care, my mood and my abilities as a mom. Therapy helped, and I learned about myself and had a new definition of “mom. As my children became older, I went through the process of obtaining an IEP for my youngest. Even for a social worker with a background in schools this was a difficult undertaking. I have guided parents in obtaining and caring for the needs of young children in these situations through advocacy, referral process and being another mom to talk to who understands".
Maria is also a trauma informed therapist who works with modalities such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Narrative as well as EMDR trained. She is bilingual, (Spanish/English) and bi cultural, working extensively with the Latino community. She has experience working in collaboration with local school systems as a parent guide to school based services. "My many years of experience as well as extensive trainings have allowed me to become not only an eclectic therapist but also a pragmatic practitioner who meets my clients where they are. I look forward to providing the best care possible to all my clients.
Paula Flynn, LPC, NCC
Paula Flynn specializes in working with adults, adolescents, and kids, working to overcome general anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and PTSD. She has a special interest in working with individuals healing from trauma, crisis, and grief and helping them overcome the traumatic nature of those events. Paula brings an empathic ear and a client centered approach to helping clients overcome issues and finding their voice. She is excited to watch her clients continue to gain strength and grow during their time working together.
Paula works to create a non-judgmental and trusting relationship with all her clients, and provides the validation and gentle push necessary for self-empowerment and positive growth and change.
Paula joins BYFS with almost a decade of experience in outpatient, hospital, and school settings. She has specialized training in sexual assault and crisis management. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington and graduate degree from Roosevelt University.
Maria Camara, LCSW
Maria recently joined BYFS as a Licensed Social Worker. She has a passion for helping people and a drive to constantly further her learning. Mrs. Camara is a highly experienced Clinical Social Worker with a strong background working with families, students, couples and at-risk individuals in providing individual and group therapy in support of crisis intervention, conflict mediation, addiction counseling and case management. Maria shares her bilingual, bicultural experience with BYFS clients.
MEET OUR STAFF
As a parent and lifelong Barrington community member, I see incredible importance in the mission of BYFS. As a nonprofit professional, the opportunity to work alongside community leaders and board members to help shape the vision of this great organization and the impact it will have on our families and community is exciting. I am honored to be trusted with this role.
My professional experience includes nonprofit management and marketing and communications for multiple professional societies and volunteer-run organizations; corporate sales and marketing, and social work in group home settings.
I am a mom to two wonderful children, Ellie (14) and Harry (8), married to a fabulous man (Harry) and owner of two happy hounds.
Please feel free to reach out if I can be of assistance. I look forward to meeting many of you out in the community!
Betsy Wintringer, Executive Director
Anne Baumfeld, Director of Special Projects
Anne is BYFS' Director of Special projects where she delivers project management, strategic planning and implementation support for key organizational initiatives.
Along with a passion for service and community, Anne brings considerable experience and expertise to the role, having held several leadership and development roles at domestic and international non-profit organizations before joining BYFS in April 2018. She also served as Treasurer of BYFS' Auxiliary Board from 2016-2018.
Anne holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree in Public Administration from New York University. She lives in Barrington with her husband, three children and two terriers.
Kiran Birdi, Office Manager
Kiran joined BYFS in November of 2018 and brings with her over a decade of customer service experience as well as several years of management experience working as a Practice Manager at a psychiatrist’s office here in Barrington.
Kiran oversees office operations and is committed to making our patients', and their families', experience at BYFS a positive one. She encourages a work environment that provides excellent customer service to clients, outside professionals as well as internal clinicians with her positive attitude and friendly demeanor.
Born and raised in England UK, Kiran graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She moved to the US in 1999 and resides in the Northwest Suburbs with her husband, daughter, and two sons.